Occupy Central

Woman activist arrested over last year's protest

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 July, 2013, 4:07am

An activist who allegedly took part in an illegal rally outside the central government's liaison office last year was arrested yesterday, more than 15 months after the incident.

Iris Yau Ka-yue, 21, was detained at the Lo Wu border checkpoint as she tried to leave the city to enter the mainland. She was taken to Ta Kwu Ling police station before being transferred to Western police station. She was later released on bail.

A police spokesman said she was arrested for her part in an unlawful assembly during a public event held in the Western district on April 1 last year.

Yau said she was part of a protest against Leung Chun-ying's victory in the chief executive election when the marchers clashed with police outside the central government's liaison office.

She was also part of the 2011 "Occupy Central" protest, in which dozens of activists pitched tents under the building of the HSBC headquarters in Central.

Police said nine people were involved in the unlawful assembly for which Yau was arrested. They allegedly desecrated the national flag by wilfully burning it during the protest.

Of the nine, seven men had already been arrested from January to May this year. Police said that they had contacted Yau several times since the beginning of the year, to assist in their investigations, but she refused.

The spokesman said police had acted according to the laws, with no political consideration in the arrest.

Occupy Central volunteer Melody Chan Yuk-fung, who herself was arrested in May for her part in other protests, yesterday said that Yau's arrest was not related to the proposed Occupy Central movement next year, as Yau played no part in the plans.